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Irene Cardwell

October 20, 1920 — March 8, 2016

Irene Dunn Cardwell, 95, passed from this life Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at her home in Hagerstown, MD. She was born October 20, 1920 in Grayson, Kentucky, daughter of the late John T. Dunn and Flora Galloway Dunn.

Irene was a member of First Christian Church in Hagerstown. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crafts and playing Scrabble and card games.

As an Army wife, she lived on Army posts in Germany, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Irene worked as a payroll accountant for USAA Insurance Co in San Antonio, Texas where she lived with her husband and children for many years. She later worked for the Department of the Army in Hampton, VA, Ft. Sheridan, IL, Philadelphia, PA and Washington, DC, retiring as a procurement analyst from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1986. After retirement she owned and operated the Books 'n' Things store in Falls Church, VA, Hagerstown, MD and Hardinsburg, KY.

Irene was a Colonel in the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Irene was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 63 years, Lewis R. Cardwell. She is survived by son, Donald L. Cardwell and wife Darlene of Broken Arrow, OK; daughters, Sue Cardwell Duncan and husband Daniel of Greencastle, PA, and Ruth Anne Callaham and husband Art of Magnolia, TX. She is also survived by grandchildren, Bill, Carolyn, Scott, Robin, Teresa, P.J., Art and Samantha; eleven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation one hour prior, followed by a funeral service will be held 11am, Monday, March 14, 2016 at Louisville Memorial Gardens Funeral Home East, 11601 Ballardsville Road, Louisville, KY.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Diakon Benevolent Fund, Village at Robinwood, 19800 Tranquility Circle, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Online condolences may be posted at

Visitation Details

Monday, March 14th, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am, Louisville Memorial Gardens Funeral Home East

Service Details

Monday, March 14th, 2016 11:00am, Louisville Memorial Gardens Funeral Home East

Interment Details

Louisville Memorial Gardens East

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